Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hippo (1)

From the zoo, here's a playful hippopotamus for Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Peak Moods (12) - Stormy Again

With all the stormy and snowy photos I post my readers must think that I live in a cold place with a horrible climate. Here's another cold and stormy photo, for my Peak Moods series of photos linked with Skywatch Friday, which are of Pikes Peak taken from my front porch, always within the previous week.
In fact it's usually sunny and rarely cold where I live, but that doesn't make for good photos so you don't see it as often. This weekend I went for several walks with the dogs in the warm sunshine, including in a nearby forest.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ruby Falls Formations

Here are some lovely natural rock formations in the cave that leads to Ruby Falls.
Part of the attraction was how well everything was lit.
Next week I'll show you the actual waterfall.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

White Flowers

I took these photos Thursday morning.
Yes, it's been snowing again! (This last photo was taken with my brand-new lens, a 6.5 mm fisheye, providing an incredibly wide angle of view.)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ruby Falls (1)

Ruby Falls is in a cave near the Tennessee/Georgia border, near Rock City about which I've already posted. It's your basic tourist trap, but definitely worth seeing.
For this post I'm showing you the well-lit trail through the cave; there's more to come.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Uncle Sam!

I don't remember the details behind this photo, but I took it in 1990 when I lived in the Washington DC area. I discovered it when going through some old scans. It wasn't in good shape but I cleaned it up the best I could.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peak Moods (11) - Refreshing

This photo was taken for Skywatch Friday yesterday morning from my front porch. I loved seeing all the new overnight snow on this 14,115-foot (4,302 meter) high mountain. Notice the very clear snowline just below treeline.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Palmer Reservoirs

Palmer Reservoirs is one of my most frequent hikes because it's nearby...
...but still has some nice views.
These photos are actually from last summer, but I'm sure I'll have more in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Zoo View (2)

For Skywatch Friday, here's another view from the wonderful Cheyenne Mountain Zoo here in Colorado Springs.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Winter Blast

We had a warm, sunny winter. But spring has seen snow, the most recent on Friday night and Saturday, when about 8 inches (20 cm) fell in our neighborhood.
It's been cold too, with temperatures falling to 23 °F (-5 °C) Saturday night. But it does make for some pretty scenes.
It's already mostly melted and hopefully winter won't make another return, although snow in May isn't unusual at our elevation of 7,100 feet (2,164 meters) above sea level. And that's a cold entry for Our World Tuesday.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

From The Sky

This week's Skywatch Friday post has no sky, just some stuff that fell from it last night. We get huge changes in weather from day to day this time of year - it's usually beautiful but once in a while a change moves through. So on the way to work this morning I took this photo in a neighbor's yard.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rock City Bridges

Here are the last photos from my series on Rock City, this time focusing on bridges.
It's fun to walk on the trails across these bridges, whether they're stone or wood.
It was a good visit to this tourist attraction!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Zoo View (1)

For Skywatch Friday, here's a view from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. You'll feel like you're in the sky if you ride this chairlift!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Rock City Views

Next in my series of photos from Rock City, Georgia are some views.
The views are impressive but I'm not convinced that you can see seven states as they claim.
There's also a nice waterfall in the park.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Rock City!

When driving in northern Georgia or eastern Tennessee, you'll see lots of roadside advertisements for Rock City, and we'd heard it was worth a visit.
It is certainly a unique place with trails wandering around huge rocks.
We definitely enjoyed it, and I'll have a couple more posts from it!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Peak Moods (10) - Beautiful

Peak Moods shows photos of Pikes Peak taken from my front porch, always very recent. This one was taken on Sunday morning after the recent snows (we had another 9 inches / 23 cm yesterday, but it's almost all gone now).

Monday, April 3, 2017

Finally Some Snow

While the mountains had plenty of snow, here in the foothills we had the warmest, driest winter I can remember since I moved to Colorado. But finally we've had some snow, about 20 inches (51 cm) in the last week and a half including one fall of 11 inches (28 cm). And there's more on the way this week.
Nobody's complaining about the moisture as it reduces wildfire danger.
And it certainly makes the neighborhood pretty!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Florissant Tree

One last post from Florissant for Skywatch Friday, this time a non-fossilized tree. The spiral pattern down the bark means it was struck by lightning sometime in the past, a very common sight in this part of the world where thunderstorms can be a daily occurrence in the summer.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Petrified Trees

I've posted about the Florissant Fossil Beds in the past - it's one of the greatest fossil beds ever discovered. Here are a couple of petrified trees.
These are redwood trees, preserved in a volcanic eruption around 35 million years ago.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cloudy Atlanta Building

I know it's not a great shot, but here's a shot of a cloudy Atlanta building at night.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Nashville Parthenon Inside

Inside the recreation of the Parthenon in Nashville is an art museum where photos aren't allowed, and a large replica of the Athena Parthenos statue.
At her feet is a shield with a serpent.
Here's a close-up of her head.
Her right hand holds a statue of Nike (Victory).
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